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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

To-day's O Antiphon - Wednesday

you open and no man closes;

you close and no man opens.

Come, and deliver from the chains of prison

those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.


O Lord Jesu Christ,

to Whom is given the throne and sceptre of David Thy father over the house of Israel,

that Thou mighest extend his kingdom over all peoples:

Thou didst come in our nature,

as the Son of man forgiving sins,

dispelling sickness and loosing bonds:

to Thee now is committed all authority in heaven and on earth,

and the powers of hell cannot withstand Thy word:

Come, we pray Thee, by Thy grace, and through the instrumentality of Thy Church,

to loosen the prisoner from the chains of sin,

to enlighten with the glad tidings of Thy word all who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

that they may rejoice in the deliverance which Thou hast wrought.

The Advent AntiphonsWith Scripture references and paraphrases.
By A.C.A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont.
Milwaukee: The Young Churchman; London: A.R. Mowbray & Co., n.d. but c. 1914

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